Kelly Magyarics covers the DMV's burgeoning wine, cocktail and food scene, and also writes about travel and spas. She's always on the lookout for a bitter or herbal cocktail or a Champagne she hasn't sipped, and can often be found browsing Kayak or Airbnb plotting her next trip.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kelly spent a few years in New York City before moving to the DC area. (After fifteen years, though, she thinks she's lived here long enough to be considered a native.)
She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communication and French, and fell into the tech field for a few years. But a two-month Windows on the World Wine School at the top of the World Trade Center in the spring of 2001 changed everything. Inspired by her instructor, the gregarious Kevin Zraly, she switched fields and never looked back.
Kelly has a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, writes for publications including Wine Enthusiast, DC Magazine, Cheers, Los Angeles Travel and Nightclub & Bar, and holds wine tastings for budding oenophiles. She's tasted Assyrtiko on Santorini, crafted her own gin in Plymouth, England and foot tread grapes in a traditional lagare in Portugal's Douro Valley.
When she's not at her computer or swirling and sniffing, she loves to cook, and she's recently taken up the guitar.